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UFC Fight Night, Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munhoz — Live results and analysis

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Marc Raimondi

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Frankie Edgar was supposed to fight Pedro Munhoz at UFC 251 on July 11. The bout fell through when Munhoz tested positive for COVID-19 hours before he was set to leave for “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.

Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion, had a choice. He could make that long flight and take a new opponent on short notice. Or he could wait for Munhoz to get healthy.

Last December, Edgar took a short-notice fight as a replacement and fought “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung. Edgar lost by TKO. With that in mind, Edgar told the UFC he’d prefer to be rebooked against Munhoz in a bout that would be Edgar’s bantamweight debut.

All fights from UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar will be available to watch on ESPN+.

• Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar
• Marcin Prachnio vs. Mike Rodriguez
• Austin Hubbard vs Joe Solecki
• Shana Dobson vs. Mariya Agapova
• Daniel Rodriguez vs. Dwight Grant
• Amanda Lemos vs. Mizuki Inoue
• Ike Villanueva vs. Jordan Wright
• Carlton Minus vs. Matthew Semelsberger
• Trevin Jones vs. Timur Valiev

Watch the complete card on ESPN+

Edgar and Munhoz will finally meet in the UFC Fight Night main event Saturday in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex. Munhoz is ESPN’s No. 7-ranked MMA bantamweight. A win over Munhoz puts Edgar on another title track. If Munhoz wins, it gives him a victory over a future UFC Hall of Famer.

“I’ve taken some short-notice fights or short opponent changes, and it didn’t always work out the way I wanted it to,” Edgar said. “I learned from some past mistakes, I guess you could say. I said, ‘Let’s just wait.’ I got rebooked a month later. It’s really not that big a deal.”

Edgar (23-8-1) has dropped two straight, including a featherweight title challenge of then-champion Max Holloway. The New Jersey native has long thought about dropping to bantamweight — he was always the smaller man in fights at lightweight and featherweight — and finally made the decision to do so last summer. Edgar, 38, was the UFC lightweight champion in 2011 and 2012. He was a perennial contender at featherweight after that, including competing in three title fights, all losing efforts.

Munhoz (18-4, 1 NC) was on a three-fight winning streak prior to falling to top contender Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238 in June 2019. The Brazil native, who lives and trains in Florida, owns a vicious knockout win over former bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt. Munhoz, 33, has won seven of his past nine fights.

Fight in progress:

Austin Hubbard (-105) vs. Joe Solecki (-115) | Lightweight


Shana Dobson defeats Mariya Agapova by second-round TKO

Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Shana Dobson went into Saturday’s contest against Mariya Agapova as the largest underdog of the entire night. She walked out with the biggest win of her career.

Dobson (4-4) defeated Agapova (9-2) via TKO at 1:38 of the second round, to cash as an 8-to-1 betting underdog. It’s the third-biggest upset in UFC history, behind Holly Holm’s infamous win against Ronda Rousey in 2015, and Matt Serra’s upset of Georges St-Pierre in 2007.

Helluva showing @shana_dobson !!! UNDERDOG!!!!! #hypekiller #UFCVegas7

— Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) August 23, 2020

The 31-year-old entered the night with just a 1-3 record in the UFC, including a 40-second knockout loss in her last appearance in February. Perhaps Dobson’s lack of success in the UFC led to Agapova overlooking her, as she came sprinting out of her corner with reckless abandon. Agapova threw caution to the wind from the opening bell, and looked gassed by the second round.

Fighting out of American Top Team in Florida, Agapova started the night off with multiple head kicks, and dropped some nasty ground and pound after getting Dobson on her back in a scramble. Dobson weathered that storm, however, and decked Agapova with two right hands in the opening exchange in the second round.

Agapova immediately looked for a takedown after those two shots, but Dobson easily swept her to the bottom and moved into side mount. She landed a string of unanswered punches that forced Agapova to cover up and wait for the referee.

It is only the second finish of Dobson’s professional career, and the first time Agapova has been knocked out.

— Okamoto

Watch this fight on ESPN+.

Daniel Rodriguez defeats Dwight Grant by first-round KO

Rodriguez must have watched the opening fight Saturday when Trevin Jones came back from nearly being finished by Timur Valiev. Because Rodriguez did almost the exact same thing against Grant.

After being dropped and rocked early, Rodriguez rallied somehow to stop Grant via TKO at 2:24 of the first round to open the UFC Fight Night main card.

Grant landed a looping right hand that put Rodriguez in big trouble at the start of the first. But Rodriguez survived, got up and put it on an exhausted Grant, who might have had too much output in trying to finish Rodriguez. Rodriguez landed a left hand that dropped Grant and then another that forced referee Chris Tognoni to step in and stop it.

“That was intense, brother,” Rodriguez said in his post-fight interview. “We were slinging them. That’s how I do, you know?”

Rodriguez (13-1) has won nine straight fights. The 33-year-old Los Angeles native is a perfect 3-0 in the UFC this year, his first in the promotion.

“I always had a feeling I’d get here,” Rodriguez said. “I always believed in myself. I always worked hard. I’ve got three wins this year, and the way things went I’m ready for another before the end of the year, maybe two.”

Grant (10-3) had a two-fight winning streak snapped. The 35-year-old Brooklyn native had not fought since beating Alan Jouban at UFC 236 in April 2019 due to injuries.

Rodriguez joins Youssef Zalal and Merab Dvalishvili as the only fighters in the UFC with three wins in 2020, per ESPN Stats & Info.

— Raimondi

Watch this fight on ESPN+.

Amanda Lemos defeats Mizuki Inoue by unanimous decision

Mizuki Inoue, right, out-landed Amanda Lemos, but Lemos connected with the far more effective punches in securing the unanimous decision. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

It’s only been two fights, but Amanda Lemos has looked the part of a potential strawweight title challenger.

Lemos (8-1-1) defeated Japanese prospect Mizuki Inoue (14-6) by decision, via unanimous scores of 30-27. It was an intriguing fight in that Inoue out-landed Lemos in total strikes by more than a 2-to-1 ratio, but Lemos’ offense caused far, far more damage.

The majority of Inoue’s strikes came up against the fence, as she held Lemos in place in a standing position. Lemos appeared comfortable allowing Inoue to keep her there for long periods of time and would occasionally explode with knees to the body and elbows on the break. Inoue answered with short punches to Lemos’ midsection.

We win or we learn. Mizuki hung in there tough after the knockdown in the 1st round. Very proud of her and her heart

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 23, 2020

Any time the fight was at range, Lemos, who made her UFC debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division in 2017, dominated the action. She dropped Inoue with a wicked right hand down the middle in the opening round and continued to piece her up with front kicks and punches at a distance whenever Inoue did not have her against the fence.

Lemos is now 2-1 overall in the UFC. Inoue, who was a slight betting favorite in the contest, falls to 1-1 in the Octagon.

— Okamoto

Watch this fight on ESPN+.

Jordan Wright defeats Ike Villanueva by first-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage)

Wright opened a huge cut near Villanueva’s right eye in the first round. Referee Jason Herzog paused the action for the ringside physician to come into the Octagon and look at the cut. The doctor recommended Herzog stop the bout due to the location and severity of the cut, and the ref did. Wright was awarded the TKO (doctor’s stoppage) victory at 1:31 of the first round.

To open the first round, Wright landed a spinning back kick that dropped Villanueva. With Villanueva rocked, Wright closed the distance and got him in a Thai clinch, leading to the knee that opened up Villanueva’s eye. The cut was on the inside of Villanueva’s right eyebrow, which would have led to blood dripping into his eye.

Jordan Wright aka The Beverly Hills Ninja aka my part-time roommate just had a beautiful @ufc debut, dropping his opponent with a spinning hook kick with his first strike. 🔥🔥🔥

— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) August 22, 2020

Wright (11-0, 1 NC) took this fight — his UFC debut — on six days’ notice. The 28-year-old California native, who also trains at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has won two straight after a loss to Anthony Hernandez at Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. That result was overturned to a no contest due to Hernandez’s drug-test failure for marijuana.

Villanueva (16-11), a 36-year-old Texas resident, has dropped two straight and is still seeking his first UFC win.

— Raimondi

Watch this fight on ESPN+.

Matthew Semelsberger defeats Carlton Minus by unanimous decision

Matthew Semelsberger, bottom, picked up his first UFC win with an exciting, fast-paced performance. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Welterweight Matthew Semelsberger (7-2) picked up his first win in the UFC in a fun, high-pace decision victory over Carlton Minus (10-2). All three judges scored the 15-minute bout for Semelsbeger: 30-26, 30-27 and 29-28.

A former collegiate football player at Marist, Semelsberger went right at Minus the entire fight. Semelsberger walked him down with left hooks to the body and combinations to the head. He knocked Minus down with a right hand in the second round, after catching a leg kick attempt. Semelsberger eventually took Minus’ back that round and looked for a choke but couldn’t secure the finish.

Minus, of Anchorage, Alaska, was game for Semelsberger’s pace and countered well throughout the fight. Minus stood his ground, fired back counter hooks and found a consistent home for his jab. The weight of his punches was simply not as much as Semelsberger’s, as Minus typically was forced backward in the majority of the exchanges.

Semelsberger has now won four in a row. Both fighters were making their UFC debut.

— Okamoto

Watch this fight on ESPN+.

Trevin Jones defeats Timur Valiev by second-round TKO

On Wednesday, Jones wasn’t even in the UFC. In the first round on Saturday, he was being throttled by Valiev, holding on for dear life as Valiev used him as a punching bag. It was a legitimate question at the moment if Jones even belonged in there, he was getting so outclassed.

Then the second round came. And Jones pulled off one of the biggest comebacks of the year.

Trevin Jones has earned the biggest statistical comeback finish of 2020, finishing his opponent with a -40 significant strike differential (26 to 66). #UFCVegas7


— UFC News (@UFCNews) August 22, 2020

Jones stopped Valiev by TKO at 1:59 of the second round to open the UFC Fight Night prelims. Jones landed a big right hook that dropped Valiev and then pounced with a huge flurry of punches on the ground.

“That was just no quit,” Jones said.

Jones cashed as a +425 underdog. It was the biggest upset in the UFC since of Roxanne Modafferi beat Maycee Barber as a +550 underdog in January.

Valiev threw a steady diet of kicks in the first round with a ton of success. A front kick to the midsection put Jones in danger. Valiev snapped the kick and his toes dug into Jones’ body, causing him to double over in pain. Valiev let loose with more kicks and whipping hooks to the body. Somehow, Jones survived the onslaught and landed a takedown near the end of the round to survive.

Jones, 30, has won three straight, all by finish. The Guam resident filled in for Mark Striegl, who was scheduled to fight Valiev before testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Valiev, a 30-year-old Dagestan native by way of New Jersey, had a six-fight winning streak snapped. Both men were making their UFC debuts.

— Raimondi

Watch this fight on ESPN+.

Still to come:

Pedro Munhoz (-270) vs. Frankie Edgar (+230) | Men’s bantamweight
Marcin Prachnio (+185) vs. Mike Rodriguez (-220) | Light heavyweight

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